Friday, June 22, 2007

A day for reflection

Last night a terrible tragedy occurred. A worker in a construction zone was struck and killed by a driver who swerved into him. A second worker was also hit and is luckily resting at home.

It's a scary reminder of what we already know.

We have all been guilty of taking that unnecessary risk while driving. A momentary lapse in focus, reaching down to adjust the stereo, turning our head momentarily to check on the kids in the back, look over to see what that is on the side of the road, only to look up and all of a sudden that car in front of us is much closer that expected.

We drive so often that we forget that a simple risky behavior can sometimes change lives. In this case, for the driver and the family of the worker it is a night that will never be forgotten.

The driver was arrested for Investigation of Vehicular Homicide (possible alcohol involved). They could go to jail and will have to live the rest of their life knowing they killed a person.

Lets all take this opportunity to take a second and reflect on our own driving habits, for the sake of our own families and the families of those who risk their lives every day improving the safety of the conditions of the roadways, which we often take for granted.

Let's not forget this worker and millions of others out there across the country working right now.

“Our hearts go out to his family. He was one of the good guys," said Brian Nielsen, WSDOT.


Anonymous said...

How is resting at home any way close to being in the hospital in critical condition
maybe you should get your facts straight before you post a comment
my question is why dont the state have the state patrol on the job sites like there used to be back in the 90s and as a guy who works on the freeways i find itsad that the state wont pay to have a driver in the TMA's (crash truck)
full time so the truck can back up when a worker is on the move and go's behind the truck

Anonymous said...

The second man involved was not critical injured. He was taken to the hospital, checked out and released.

Wayne Dyck said...

That is correct. The second man sustained non-life threatening injuries. We originally posted that he was in critical condition and shortly afterward learned that it was an error and made a correction to the posting.

Our apologies for the confusion.

Wayne Dyck said...

With reference to the question about having the Washington State Patrol (WSP) on job sites I would refer you to the, 'Officials debating freeway construction safety' article on KING5.COM that was posted on June 26.

Although we can do everything we can to make a work zone as safe as possible (requiring reflective clothing, using the latest traffic control equipment and set up), we will still be subject to the unpredictable circumstances of people behind the wheel of their vehicle.

We have no control over drivers, but we urge them to do their part by paying attention, staying alert and slowing down through work zones.

WSDOT comment policy

Post a Comment